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Best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Dark-Hunter novels) restores three out-of-print titles in the series the League Novels, creating a more pronounced interconnected universe between the books. The first in the trilogy offers new readers an introduction to her Ichidian Universe, while restoring parts from the original manuscript and other rewritten material for the more familiar fan. Princess Kiara Zamir in repulsed by those who perpetuate violence like the brutal attacks on her family. Nykyrian Quiakides, a hybrid human and Andarion (a predatory alien race), is a former assassin for The League, who now leads a group of vigilantes known as The Sentella. Ironically, Nykyrian's team finds themselves serving as protectors of Kiara against kidnappers and assassins, giving Kiara and Nykyrian, two broken individuals, a chance at romance-if they can survive. The story is fast-paced, with graphic violence and sex in almost equal amounts. Kenyon thrives when developing the relationship between the two protagonists, putting the focus on relationships rather than world-building, which may disappoint some readers.
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[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene. (Publisher's Weekly)

Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels. (Boston Globe)

[An] engaging read. (Entertainment Weekly)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Printing edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312942303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942304
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she's found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick and Beladors. Since 2004, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and her Chronicles of Nick series is adapted by Yen Press. Her Dark-Hunters and Chronicles of Nick series are both soon to be major motion picture releases.

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
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"They call him Nemesis. Once a renegade assassin, now a warrior-soldier sworn to protect the innocent from the ruthless mercenaries throughout the galaxies."
This implies quite the hero, and Nykyrian lives up to this promise of a troubled hero who thinks he needs to love from afar. He has always admired Kiara when she danced. Now his feelings lead him to accept the job to keep her alive. Kiara is intrigued, intimidated and confused by Nykyrian. She knows she can trust him with her life and to keep her safe, but can she trust him with her heart? She realizes that he does love her but cannot say it.
Kiara has a death contract on her because her father, Predident of the Gourish Consolate, Commander Tiarun Biardi, refused to be intimidated by Probekin threats. Against his better judgement, he hires Nykyrian but when it looks like Nykyrian has harmed his daughter, Commander Tiarum puts a contract on Nykyrian. Not the best move, since Kiara has married Nykyrian and danger to him is danger to her. Just being married to Nykyrian put her in danger, because he has many enemies. One who captures her and Nykyrian goes to save her knowing it will cost him his life...
This is a fast paced adventure with many emotional scenes that make the book hard to put down. The HEA ending is a must for my enjoyment of a book... and I did enjoy this one.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Karolin U. on June 20, 2005
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This is the first installment in "The league Series."

Tis series is the the first the author wrote and the books are very hard to find, but worth the effort.

They are:

1. Born of the Night.

2. Born of Fire. (e-book)

3. Paradise City.

4. Fire and Ice. (reprint in "Man of my dreams.")

I really hope these will be reprinted, so we can all get a copy, because i like the ones i have, especially Born of the night. This author is good, and her books prove it.

I read Born of the Night the same day i got it, and did not put it down before it ended.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1999
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I've read this hard to put down book twice. Full of suspense, adventure and romance it keeps the reader eager to find the outcome. The hero is belivable and his character is wonderfully constructed. The conflict of his watrring emotions and the situation itself makes for a great read. I look forward to more romances involving the remaining cast of characters in the story.
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95 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Condit on January 27, 2003
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I was so thrilled to be able to get ahold of this book. I have enjoyed every book that Sherrily has written. I have been lucky enough to have met her in cyber-space and found that she is a wonderfully nice person with a great sense of humor. I hope to meet her in person some day. Until then I will have to read all of her books again and again.
Now this book is tied in with her book Paradise City. Both are sci-fi romances that pack a lot of action and heat. The hero of this book, Nemesis, is a dark, fearsome warrior who has a fierce reputation as a mercenary. He also has a secret. He has admired and dreamed about the heroine for years. Princess Kiara is a wonderful dancer who soon finds herself in very close quarters with Nemesis. He is protecting her from her father's enemies but at a high cost, his heart. The two are trying to fight their growing attraction for each other but failing. The passions soon ignite and the fireworks are fantastic.
I loved the supporting characters. They added humor and really tied the whole book together.
I hope that there maybe more in this series. Hint, Hint! If you can get this book and Paradise City as well.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Christy on December 6, 2009
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This is the first book by Ms. Kenyon that I have ever read. I realize that this is one of her first works, and I also realize that she is very successful. I can only hope that her later works are better than this. I have read literally hundreds of romance novels of every kind as well as countless fantasy/sci-fi novels. This is a blending of the two, and both aspects are truly horrible. I am a very forgiving reader. If I enjoy the story, I don't mind a few inconsistencies or some cheesy dialogue.

This novel combines major inconsistency from one page to the next, ridiculously (and I mean RIDICULOUSLY) cheesy dialogue and writing, and some of the most baffling and weird plotting that I've ever come across in a book meant for adults. If I didn't know better, I would expect this novel from a 17 year old girl of mediocre writing ability on her first attempt at a full length novel. Yes, it's just THAT bad.

First of all, the sci-fi. The backdrop to this novel is very secondary. There is very little development of the world this is taking place in. It seemed as though the author gave almost no thought to setting. There is nothing interesting here, and what really amazed me is that although this story takes place in a completely different universe, one of the major characters plays a song that is well known right here on our own Earth. Absolutely no explanation or reason for this. Just dropped it in like it fit. HUH?! Do NOT read this novel if you are very interested in the sci-fi/fantasy element. I would give it a zero based on this.

Second, the plotting. Take every cheesy cliche from the past 50 years of romance writing and you will find it here highlighted and unapologetic.
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